Margaret River Wineries Join the Call to Lock the Gate to Unconventional Gas on the Eve of the Election

 FRIDAY MARCH 10, 2017: More than a dozen of Margaret Rivers’ top wineries have weighed into the fracking and onshore gas debate in the south west signing a pledge not to support the unconventional gas industry. The move comes just one day before WA goes to the polls and is a sign of how fracking and unconventional gas development has become a major election issue. Continue reading

Nannas knit up a storm and a Gasfield Free gift for the WA Premier

 FRIDAY MARCH 10, 2017: The Knitting Nannas Against Gas will today (Friday March 10) attempt to present WA Premier Colin Barnett with a special gift from the people of the South West. The gift is a photograph taken by a drone of 300 south west residents who came together on February 26 to spell out a special Gasfield Free WA message for Mr Barnett. Continue reading

Fracking scorecard shows political parties’ real colours

THURSDAY MARCH 9, 2017: With just days to the WA state poll, Lock the Gate Alliance has released an updated scorecard detailing where the political parties stand on fracking and on shore gasfields. Lock the Gate and local communities have asked all political parties to support a state-wide moratorium on unconventional gas, permanent protection in key areas and the right for landholders and Traditional Owners to say no. Continue reading

Filmmaker sends 200 anti-fracking DVDs to political candidates across WA

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017: Copies of two West Australian produced documentaries on fracking have been sent to 100 political candidates in marginal seats across WA in an 11th hour bid to ensure the issue remains high on the political agenda. The mail out was initiated by Margaret River filmmaker Richard Todd who has weighed into the fracking debate in WA following the release of his acclaimed documentary Frackman. Continue reading

Stirling Estate Goes Gasfield Free

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2017: The community of Stirling Estate in the Shire of Capel will declare itself Gasfield Free at a celebration in Mallokup Road at 9.30am this Saturday (March 4). The event hosted by Stirling Estate Gasfield Free and the Capel Country Women’s Association group comes just one week before the state election and is designed to show voters and political candidates how local residents feel about the development of gasfields in their district. Continue reading

City of Busselton gets its first Gasfield Free Community as 100s prepare to spell out a gasfield free message

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2017: The south west community of Quedjinup will declare itself Gasfield Free at a special celebration at the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp in Dunsborough this morning (Sunday February 26) at 10.30am. The celebration will be followed in the afternoon by a mass gathering on the Boyanup Oval in the Shire of Capel to spell out a Gasfield Free message to the Premier. Continue reading

New South West WA alliance to tackle gas mining & exploration in the region

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2017: More than a dozen community groups from across South West WA have formed a new alliance aimed at fighting the onshore gas industry. The Gasfield Free South West Alliance (GFSWA) brings together grassroots community groups from Harvey in the north to the Whicher Range in the south. Continue reading

Quedjinup to become the first community in the Busselton Shire to declare itself Gasfield Free

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2017: The community of Quedjinup will become the first in the Shire of Busselton to declare itself Gasfield Free at a special event in Dunsborough on Sunday February 26, as the issue hots up in the lead-up to the election on March 11. The declaration follows months of work that involved volunteers going house-to-house, road-by-road asking residents if they would like to declare the area Gasfield Free. Continue reading

TV ad campaign aims to protect WA from fracking & other forms of unconventional gas

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2017: The Lock the Gate Alliance has launched an advertising campaign on regional television for the state election. The 30-second ads will air throughout February and give voice to communities across regional WA battling a major push by the unconventional gas industry to gain a foothold in the state’s farmland, important water resources, culturally significant areas and national parks. Continue reading

Dandaragan declared Gasfield Free in WA’s Mid West

Media Release Monday 6 February Dandaragan in WA’s Mid West celebrated it’s gasfield free status on Friday, after an extensive door-to-door survey of Dandaragan residents found 96.4% of 418 residents surveyed wanted their region to remain gasfield free. Continue reading